After being closed for almost an entire calendar year due to COVID restrictions, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino received clearance from state health officials to reopen March 5.
The facility is located in Sunland Park, New Mexico, which is a suburb of El Paso, Texas. The horse racing track opened in 1959.
According to the Sunland Park website, the New Mexico legislature passed a law allowing it to add slot machines in the 1990s.
New Mexico officials ordered Sunland Park to close on March 15, 2020, as businesses across the country were being shut down in an attempt to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.
When it does open next week, officials say the racetrack/casino will have reduced visitor numbers.
Ethan Linder, Director of Marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, issued a statement that said, “Per the February 24, 2021, Health Order Issued by the State of New Mexico, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino has been approved to reopen to the public at 25% capacity.”
In addition to the limit on capacity, the facility will not be allowed to offer indoor dining.
According to Linder, patrons will be able to play slot machines, and simulcast horse betting will be available.
The facility is preparing for its reopening by hiring for numerous positions, Linder added.